For thirteen-year-old Nathaniel, an indentured servant in colonial Virginia, life is hard. Though things improve with the help of a kind master named Basil-who shares music, books, and philosophies on equality-around him the climate is heating up. It's 1775 and colonists are enraged by England's taxation. Patrick Henry's words "give me liberty, or give me death" become the sounding call and the American Revolution is about to errupt. Nathaniel and Basil must make a choice about joining the fight and face a larger conundrum about the true meaning of liberty.
L. M. Elliott crafts a stirring narrative for middle grade readers-conveying the hopes and dilemmas of this crucial era in American history.
5 out of 5 stars
L.M. Elliott is an amazing writer! Even though this book written for middle-school kids... I felt myself quickly wrapped up into the plot and the struggle of the characters. She has a way with words that is just beautiful. Just imagine what she could produce if she wrote adult books! AMAZING!